Top Los Angeles Things to Do in June

Hollywood Bowl photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil | Los Angeles things to do in June

Hollywood Bowl officially opens this June with superstar Diana Ross gracing the stage.

From outdoor film screenings to wine festivals and the start of the Hollywood Bowl season, check out 40+ top Los Angeles things to do in June.

Edited by Christina Wiese.

Grand Performances
Opens June 1. This free outdoor summer concert series spotlights global performing arts with a lineup of high-quality music, dance, theater and more in downtown L.A. This season kicks off with highlights including a celebration of Sly and the Family Stone, a showcase of L.A. artists and a love-song sing-along with the Love Uninhibited Orchestra. See website for complete schedule. California Plaza, 300 and 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.687.2190. grandperformances.org

 

“The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
Opens June 1. See puppets including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog and Bert and Ernie at the Skirball’s new exhibition devoted to Muppets creator Jim Henson. Tu-F noon-5 p.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12 GA; $9 65+, full time students with ID, children over 12; $7 children 2-12. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. skirball.org

 

Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
June 1-3. Benefiting Best Buddies International, this annual event gathers 60 of the city’s best chefs and restaurants, including Curtis Stone of Maude, Frida Mexican Cuisine, Eataly and Sushi Katsuya. See website for entry times. $100-$200. 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213.915.8003. beverlyhillsfoodandwinefestival.com

 

Friday Night Wine Tastings

Enjoy food truck fare and boutique wines curated by Silverlake Wine every Friday this summer.

Friday Night Wine Tastings
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Attracting crowds for years now, Barnsdall Art Park brings back its annual Friday Night Wine Tastings for a tenth year. Friday nights through August 31, spend the evening touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (for an additional charge) while enjoying boutique wines curated by Silverlake Wine, food truck fare and music by KCRW DJs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. West Lawn, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. barnsdall.org

 

Jazz at LACMA
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Not only does LACMA host some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians during its Jazz at LACMA series on Friday evenings during the summer—June features the Nick Mancini Collective, Phil Ranelin and Jeff Littleton Quintet—but also its long-running Latin Sounds series presents world-renowned artists playing tunes from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day. See website for full lineup. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

 

IGNITE @ the Ford!
June 1, 8, 15-16, 28-29. In Hollywood’s Cahuenga Pass, Ford Theatres offers Jam Sessions—including Samba Dance & Drumming (June 18) and Japanese Folk Dance (June 25)—as well as dance, opera and Latin rhythms. See website for the full June lineup. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., L.A., 323.461.3673. fordtheatres.org

 

Hola Mexico Film Festival
June 1-9. The largest festival of Mexican cinema outside Mexico celebrates its 10th anniversary with film events across L.A.—including rooftop screenings in Hollywood. See website for complete lineup and venues. holamexicoff.com

 

Avocado Month Celebration
June 1-30. Grand Central Market and the California Avocado Commission (you bet it exists!) celebrates all-month long with vendors creating unique, inventive dishes—all inspired by the fruit. Find avocado smoothies, the classic avocado toast with a seafood twist, avocado yogurt soup and more; participating vendors include Belcampo Meat Co., Golden Road Brewing, La Tostaderia, Prawn and more. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway St., downtown. grandcentralmarket.com

 

Rooftop Cinema Club 
June 1-30. The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” screens acclaimed films, including recent Oscar winners and classics, on the rooftops of LEVEL in downtown L.A. and, new this month starting June 7, the private, members-only NeueHouse in Hollywood. Enjoy food and drinks while you take in views and watch flicks. See website for a full lineup and schedule. Ages 18+. 8 p.m. $17-$24. 888 S. Olive St., downtown; 6121 Sunset Blvd., L.A. rooftopcinemaclub.com

 

LAWineFest 
June 2-3. Now in its 13th year, this outdoor celebration of all things wine brings wines and brews from around the world to DTLA’s Arts District. Enjoy unlimited wine and beer sampling, a live DJ set and shopping at boutiques. Ages 21+. Sa 2-6 p.m., Su 1-5 p.m. $60 GA, $90 all-access one-day ticket; designated drivers $25. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown. lawinefest.com

 

Last Remaining Seats

Step into historic L.A. theaters around the city in 32nd season of Last Remaining Seats.

Last Remaining Seats 
June 2, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23. Now in its 32nd season, this summer film series screens classic movies in historic theaters. Backstage tours are offered before every screening, as well as free after parties or trivia events following Saturday screenings. Showtimes and locations vary by screening; check website for details. $22. 213.623.2489. laconservancy.org

 

Cinespia
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. Watch films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. June’s screening lineup includes the animated feature Spirited Away (June 2), Raiders of the Lost Ark (June 23) and Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Vertigo (June 30), which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. See website for full schedule. Doors 7:15 p.m., movie 9 p.m. $16, parking $15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849. cinespia.org

 

Eat/See/Hear
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. This traveling outdoor movie-event series, presented by Showtime, boasts the largest outdoor inflatable screen on the West Coast, as well as food trucks and live musical performances. Movies on deck for June include The Princess Bride (June 9 at North Hollywood Recreation Center); a 20th anniversary screening of The Big Lebowski (June 16); and Lady Bird (June 30) at Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre. Additional venues include Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall and the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. See website for full schedule. Doors 5:30 p.m.; band 7 p.m.; movie 8:30 p.m. $8-$21, under 5 free. 213.267.4393. eatseehear.com

 

Street Food Cinema
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. This outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Our June picks include The Greatest Showman (June 16 at Will Rogers State Historic Park); I, Tonya (June 23 at Poinsettia Recreation Park); and Back to the Future (June 23 at King Gillette Ranch). Live music and food from the city’s top trucks round out the outdoor experience. See website for full schedule. Doors 5:30 p.m.; band 6:30 p.m.; movie 8:30 p.m. $6-$22, under 6 free. 323.254.5068. streetfoodcinema.com

 

Bacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking
June 2, 16. Go to the glorious Getty Villa for Bacchus Uncorked: Drinking and Thinking, and do as the ancient Greeks did by imbibing and conversing, in this case, about the exhibition Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions. W-M 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, $15 parking. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. getty.edu

 

Taste of the Nation 
June 3. At No Kid Hungry’s annual L.A. foodie event, award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the region come together to help end childhood hunger in America. Taste offerings from top restaurants including Baltaire, Cal Mare, Lunetta and Salazar. 1-4 p.m. (VIPs get early admission). $110 GA; VIP $160; $25 kids 6-13; free kids under 6. Media Park, 9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767. ce.nokidhungry.org/losangeles

 

Melrose Rooftop Theatre

The Melrose Rooftop Theatre returns for a second season in West Hollywood.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre
June 3-28. E.P. & L.P. presents the second season of Melrose Rooftop Theatre, whose mix of movies—such as Pulp Fiction, Wonder Woman and Black Panther—are projected against a Hollywood Hills backdrop. Prescreening Dinner & a Movie packages with a three-course modern Asian meal at E.P. by executive chef Louis Tikaram are available. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9955. melroserooftoptheatre.com

 

“Henry IV”
Opens June 5. Tom Hanks makes his Los Angeles stage debut, starring as the comedic Sir John Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of the Bard’s touching comedy. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. The Japanese Garden, West Los Angeles VA Campus, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 866.710.8942. shakespearecenter.org

 

“Skeleton Crew” 
Opens June 5. This third installment in playwright Dominique Morisseau’s acclaimed The Detroit Project trilogy follows four co-workers at a Detroit auto factory in 2008 as they deal with uncertainty in both their professional and personal lives. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

 

Uncorked Italy Wine Pairing Dinner
June 5. Sip on a mighty selection of 12 Italian wine varieties before indulging on a wine paired dinner at Officine BRERA. For the main course, chef Angelo Auriana dishes up a savory spit roasted bone-in pork loin with wild boar sausages and rosemary potatoes, all paired with the 2014 San Giusto Chianti Classico. 7-10 p.m. $145 (tax and gratuity not included). 1331 E. 6th St., downtown. Tickets

 

Poolside Cinema Series
June 5, 12, 19, 26. Upgrade your Tuesday nights with a poolside film screening at Mr. C Beverly Hills. Cult classic Almost Famous launches the summer series with Top Gun (June 12), Dazed and Confused (June 19) and The Big Sick (June 26) to follow. The movie-going experience takes a luxurious spin when guests pre-reserve their seats by purchasing a Mr. C Cinema Prix-Fixe Menu featuring Cipriani classics like the Pizza Mr. C with Burrata, prosciutto crudo di parma with melon, tuna tartare and Mr. C guacamole. 7 p.m. $35-$45. 1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills, 877.334.5623. mrcbeverlyhills.com

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of Israel

Sample unlimited food and wine from Israel’s finest chefs and winemakers at Taste of Israel.

Taste of Israel
June 7. Enjoy unlimited food and wine samples from Israel’s finest chefs and winemakers accompanied by music from Moments Band, a 25-piece ensemble making its L.A. debut. The event honors the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and part of ticket proceeds will benefit Larger than Life, LA Family—a local organization that helps improve and enrich the lives of children diagnosed with cancer. 7-11 p.m. $360. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. tasteofisraella.com

 

Hollywood Fringe Festival
June 7-24. This annual event celebrates freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places throughout Hollywood host hundreds of productions by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers. Check website for full schedule, venues and ticket prices for individual shows. hollywoodfringe.org

 

L.A. Design Festival
June 7-10. This 8th annual fest celebrates the City of Angel’s status as a global design capital. Find over 50 unique events throughout the four-day affair, highlighting the likes of architecture, graphic, industrial, fashion, costume design and more. The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Fundraiser & Awards Night (June 7), brimming with exhibitions, installations, workshops and film screenings. See website for full schedule of events. Free. Opening Night: 7-10 p.m. ROW DTLA, 777 Alameda St., downtown. ladesignfestival.org

 

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”
Opens June 8. The Bristol Old Vic production of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece captures one fateful summer’s day in the lives of James Tyrone (Oscar winner Jeremy Irons), wife Mary (Oscar nominee for Phantom Thread Lesley Manville) and the couple’s two sons. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Bram Goldsmith Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000. thewallis.org

 

L.A. Pride Festival
June 9-10. Part of L.A. Pride Week (June 1-10), West Hollywood’s annual festival feting the LGBTQ+ community features concerts by the likes of Icona Pop, Kehlani, Eve, Tove Lo and more. The Pride Parade, which travels along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators. See website for complete weekend schedule; there’s also a Pride Is Universal event June 2 at Universal Studios Hollywood and a LGBT Night at the L.A. Dodgers on June 8 that serves as the kickoff party for Pride Weekend. Sa noon-1 a.m.; Su 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (parade 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Single-day ticket $25, weekend pass $35. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.969.8302. lapride.org

 

Playboy Jazz Festival
June 9-10. Head to the iconic Hollywood Bowl for the this 40th annual fest featuring a first-rate slate of emerging jazz artists alongside renowned performers. Confirmed acts on the bill include Charles Lloyd & the Marvels with Lucinda Williams featuring Julian Lage, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz; The Ramsey Lewis Quartet; Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin; and more. George Lopez will host the weekend bash, marking the sixth year of his involvement with the fest. 3 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

“Soft Power” 
Through June 10. Having its world premiere here, this East-meets-West musical comedy from Tony winners David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) follows a Chinese executive who falls in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader after the 2016 election. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

Shakespeare by the Sea
June 14-29. Down in San Pedro, don’t miss Shakespeare by the Sea’s free performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor (June 14-16, 28, 30) and The Winter’s Tale (June 21-23, 29) in Point Fermin Park. Free. See website for start times. 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. shakespearebythesea.org

 

Photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

Diana Ross opens the Hollywood Bowl season on Saturday, June 16.

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
June 16. Superstar Diana Ross reigns supreme on Opening Night at the Bowl. Gather your group of four or six, purchase a patron package with box seating (starting at $2,600), and enjoy an exclusive pre-concert cocktail reception and gourmet dinner before the concert and spectacular fireworks finale. 8 p.m. See website for ticket prices. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

L.A. Beer Week
June 16-24. Throughout this beer-centric week, local breweries, bars and restaurants host events celebrating craft beer in Los Angeles. The week-long charade jump starts with the L.A. Brewers Kick Off (June 16) where attendees can sample beer from over 80 craft breweries, groove to live music and nom on local eats. labeerweek.org

 

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance
June 17. Beverly Hills’ largest public annual event celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Each Father’s Day, legendary Rodeo Drive fills up with rare automobiles and motorcycles; this year’s event features an entire block filled with silver cars, in honor of its silver anniversary. Check website for details and times. Free. 400 block of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 323.503.4113. rodeodrive-bh.com

 

“The Color Purple”
Through June 17. The 2016 Tony winner for best musical revival arrives at the Pantages, telling the story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

“The Humans”
Opens June 19. This new American classic, which won the 2016 Tony Award for best play, takes place over the course of a family’s Thanksgiving dinner. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

 

“Our Very Own Carlin McCullough”
Opens June 19. Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer stars in this play about a rising tennis star, her mother and her coach, written by actress Amanda Peet. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

 

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” 
June 19-24. The legendary creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific are behind this Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which boasts an orchestra and beloved songs—plus some twists on the classic rags-to-riches tale. See website for showtimes and ticket prices. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770. hollywoodpantages.com

 

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El Segundo Art Walk
June 21. Enjoy studio tours and artwork in El Segundo’s downtown and Smoky Hollow neighborhoods at this essential summer gathering. Food trucks, live music and and interactive experiences are also on deck for the evening. 5-9 p.m. Free. elsegundoartwalk.com

 

Griffith Observatory Summer Soulstice
June 21. Mark the longest day of the year—and the first day of summer—at Griffith Observatory, which presents brief talks at local noon (in the Gottlieb Transit Corridor) and sunset (on the West Terrace) as the season changes. Noon, sunset. Free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A. griffithobservatory.org

 

Silver Lake Picture Show
Starts June 21. Heading into its 7th summer season, this outdoor film series screens feature films alongside short films made by local filmmakers. Dirty Dancing kicks off the series on June 21, with Jaws and Mrs. Doubtfire to follow in July. 6:30-11 p.m. Free. Sunset Triangle Plaza, 1523 Griffith Park Blvd., L.A. silverlakepictureshow.com

 

Arroyo Seco Weekend
June 23-24. This Pasadena music festival boasts an impressive musical and culinary lineup. Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Jack White, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Kings of Leon and Alanis Morissette are just some of the bands taking the stage. Restaurants including Freedman’s, Hanjip, Jon & Vinny’s and the Ponte will provide refreshments. Noon. Single-day pass $149, weekend pass $249; single-day VIP $349, weekend VIP $449; under 11 free. Brookside at the Rose Bowl, 1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena, 855.273.4481. arroyosecoweekend.com

 

Summer SOULstice
June 24. Continue celebrating the changing of seasons at this event in Santa Monica that brings together live music, acts and performers on Main Street. Noon-7 p.m. Free. mainstreetsm.com

 

Friday Flights at the Getty

The Getty’s annual summer series Friday Flights kicks off this June.

Friday Flights
Starts June 22. Veer off the 405 to the Getty Center for Friday Flights—evenings filled with music, performance and film. The three-month series kicks off with Devon Welsh, No) One. Art House, Sarah Davachi and Artists’ Books Fest. 6-9 p.m. Free. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A. 310. 440.7300. getty.edu

 

Summer Nights in the Garden
Starts June 29. In Exposition Park, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents Summer Nights in the Garden, complete with botanical tours, garden-experts meetings, performances and live music. Pack your picnic essentials or grab bites from the on-site food trucks in the North Plaza. 5-9 p.m. NHMLA, 900 W. Exposition Blvd., L.A. nhm.org

Hollywood Bowl photo courtesy of the L.A. Phil. Friday Night Wine Tastings photo by Meg Quinn. Last Remaining Seats photo by Mike Hume. Melrose Rooftop Theatre photo by David Higgs. Taste of Israel photo courtesy of the organization. Hollywood Bowl Opening Night photo by Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging and courtesy of L.A. Phil.

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